59 days in Albania Itinerary

59 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 5 nights
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Korce
— 6 nights
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Permet
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Vlore
— 6 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lushnje
— 5 nights
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Tirana
— 11 nights
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Shkoder

— 5 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shkoder: Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Lezhe (Lezhe Castle & Skenderbeg Tomb). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa, explore the galleries of Site of Witness and Memory, and shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shkoder day trip planning site.

Salt Lake City, USA to Shkoder is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Shkoder. In January, Shkoder is somewhat warmer than Salt Lake City - with highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Korce

— 6 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korce: Pogradec (National Park of Drilon, Pogradec Castle, &more) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iljaz Mirahori Mosque, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Korca Brewery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Korce tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Shkoder to Korce by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Permet.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Permet

— 6 nights
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Fir of Hotova National Park. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Benja Thermal Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tekke of Baba Aliu, and get great views at Guri i Qytetit.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Permet using our trip planner.

You can drive from Korce to Permet in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Korce to Permet. January in Permet sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Gjirokaster

— 5 nights

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Skenduli House as well as Gjirokaster. Step out of Gjirokaster with an excursion to Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit in Labove e Siperme--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Nature&joy, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, don't miss a visit to Gjirokastra Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip builder app.

Getting from Permet to Gjirokaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. You'll set off for Saranda on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saranda

— 7 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Bunec Beach (in Piqeras), Himare (The Castle of Himara, Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa, &more) and Lukova Beach (in Lukove). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable excursion with Saranda Jeep, explore the historical opulence of Kalaja e Borshit, explore the galleries of Sarande Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saranda trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Saranda are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Vlore

— 6 nights
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Explore Vlore's surroundings by going to Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan), Orikum Archaeological Park (in Orikum) and Dhermi (Extreme Illyricum & Pirate's Cave). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Blue Eye, explore the galleries of National Museum of Independence, contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle, and don't miss a visit to Byllis Archaeological Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Vlore trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Saranda to Vlore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Saranda to Vlore, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Vlore when traveling from Saranda in January, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Berat

— 6 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Explore Berat's surroundings by going to Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode) and Gramsh (Liqeni i Dushkut, Holta Canyon, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, and explore the galleries of National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Berat online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Vlore to Berat takes 2 hours. February in Berat sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lushnje.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lushnje

— 5 nights
Lushnjë is a city in west-central Albania. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lushnje: Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice), Church of St Mary (in Fier) and Laguna e Karavastase (in Divjake). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Spille Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at The General's Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lushnje trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Lushnje takes an hour. You will leave for Tirana on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Lushnje

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tirana

— 11 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze), Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle) and Statue of George W. Bush (in Fushe Kruje). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lushnje to Tirana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in February, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.